School Details

Burton Valley Elementary School

561 Merriewood Drive, Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 927-3550
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 715 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

75%
78%
56%
84%
83%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lafayette Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
76%
46%
82%
91%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lafayette Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
90%
65%
86%
88%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lafayette Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
93%
60%
89%
91%
65%
87%
91%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Lafayette Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Burton Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lafayette. The principal of Burton Valley Elementary School is Sue Rusk, whose e-mail is srusk@lafsd.k12.ca.us. 715 students go to Burton Valley Elementary School and are mostly Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Burton Valley Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 2% of the 715 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Burton Valley Elementary School is 17:1. St. Perpetua is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 8%
Hispanic 8% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 77% 77%
Multiracial 3% %
Filipino 0.9% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.06%
Unspecified 0.1% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 3329%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 2%
Limited English proficiency 2% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Dont waste your money. We chose our home specifically so our children could go to Burton Valley. After 5 years we had had enough. The teachers are mediocre at best. The classes are often inundated with children that the teachers cannot handle who distract their peers from learning. The families are exclusive and small minded- think it's cool to provide their second graders with instagram and texting. Bullying and girl meaness is rampant and the school turns their heads. Basic safety issues are ignored. In 2012 there was a Norovirus outbreak at the school Contra Costa public health recommended that all classrooms institute handwashing before meals. This was not enforced and teachers acted imposed upon when asked to do so. They still don't wash their hands before lunch. The school is too big and the adminstration is barely treading water. Lafayette School or Springhill are better choices. Don't waste your money in Burton Valley-unless the sorority/fraternity atmosphere with no family values appeals to you.

  • (9 months ago)

    As many do we bought our home in part because it was in this school district. I expected to love the school. Kindergarten was a big disappointment with teachers that were " phoning it in". In fact one even told me "TGIF" as she turned away from rather than deal with two students physically fighting. What's worse the lack of responsiveness. Teachers did not even reply to my email(s) letting them know one student had threatened my child. After that it took three calls to the principal (over a week) to get her to return my call. Once we meet the principal was extremely concerned but clearly vested in protecting her teachers. ...too little too late. I know there are some wonderful teachers at the school. My suggestion is only to be aware that they aren't all great or even decent.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is very fun and well. We have many fun field trips lots of ways to do fun math writing and other subjects. Burton Valley also have a very strict rule about NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS or other nuts. Burton Valley's food is not bad yet not very good. We have break and lunch have a great library great art teachers fun teachers who are strict yet fun and too many more things ). For some people who may have trouble reading we have a classroom call READING LAB. If people have a bit of trouble talking they can go to SPEECH. Burton Valley also has a MARYWOOD for children who's family might have work after school and can't pick they up. GREAT BURTON VALLEY FOR KINDTERGARDEN-5 Grade ) ) ) ) ).

  • (11 months ago)

    Don't go here if you have a bright child. They don't "believe in" acceleration. Your child will have the opportunity to top out at average nothing more. After many discussions with my daughter's teacher getting absolutely nowhere with her reading scores actually declining from where they were at her previous school in another city I dislike this school strongly.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers from K to 5th. Lots of fun fieldtrips and a very happy atmosphere. One added perk kids from Burton do much better as they move to Stanley Middle School because they've been able to make more friends in various classes vs. those from smaller schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    Having recently moved from an area where my children attended private schools Burton Valley is our first public school experience. I am so impressed with the quality of our Kinder Garden classrooms and the parent involvement is outstanding. My son's class is diverse in culture and Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Micallef are amazing. We are still new to Burton Valley being that this is our first year and only have positive things to say about this school thus far.

  • (2 years ago)

    Whether or ot a school is "great" depends vastly on who you ask. Most parents at BVE that are from "around here" and have know only BVE or other California public schools will tell you they love the school. However if you ask people who have had their kids in public schools in other states you will hear a different story. So yes by some standards this school is perhaps a 9 or 10 out of 10 but maybe we need to adjust our standards instead of patting ourselves on our backs saying how lovely it is here.

  • (3 years ago)

    I've been a BVE parent for 8 years (3 kids) and ours is a multi-cultural hispanic family. I was sad to see comments that the community is not diverse one poster even calling their neighbors "stepford wives". Get involved in one of the many fun school events or step inside a classroom and you'll see a broad range of students and parents who have one thing in comming they clearly care about education. I value the dynamic high quality of teaching here the safe environment and the inclusion of character building as part of the curriculum. My children have enjoyed everything from instrumental music instruction to extra-curricular theater production. I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my children.

  • (4 years ago)

    I had to second your comments to "I'm an incoming parent." I loved your description of the "caravan of suv's." Completely true! I've had kids at Burton Valley for more than 5 years and while I think well of the school the fact is that the earlier posting referring to residents as "stepford wives" and the above-referred posting's assertion that kids who are different are ostracized are both more than somewhat true. However there are very nice people whose kids attend the school and you just have to find them and avoid the sorority sister/cattery contingent because they are alive and well at Burton Valley and do have kids who have already inbibed their limited outlook.

  • (4 years ago)

    To "I'm an incoming parent in the Fall of 2010 "....you clearly have a lot to learn and since you have not yet been here long enough perhaps you should wait before making such sweeping generalizations. There is not an ever-increasing non-white community here. Children who are different in race and religion those who are artsy or a little different are called names and have been ostrasized. I can't give you specific examples in this forum because the kids and parents involved wouldn't want to be recognized in my descriptions but I assure you that "diversity" is just a catchphrase just like being a "green school" while a caravan of enormous suvs is parked outside in rows is a joke. Sure it's safe here and that's wonderful....it should be it's all million dollar homes. Why would you feel the need to be defensive if it's really so grand?

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm an incoming parent in the Fall of 2010 and have lived in the area for 2 years now enjoying the preschool community. Every single parent in these two years who has a child at BVE has raved about the school. We specifically bought moved to the area not only for the accolades and feedback on this school but for the area as well. We came from Berkeley and can say that we'd prefer to have the side effects of a more affluent community and "teach" our children to appreciate the differences in people and their ways. It is sure better than having to teach them that AND explain why someone is getting shot at in the middle of the day in downtown Berkeley. Every area school and family will always have some sort of issue. But ultimately we can decide how we get involved and who we connect with (or not) and enjoy those people that matter most to us. Since I've been here I have connected more with the ever-increasing non-white community of the area. It DOES exist and I'm happy to be a multi-cultural and caring parent in this area. And yes I'm white and a business owner.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an average school that pretends to be an excellent school. While it's a rather ugly public school it's in an affluent area and the PTA asks for an initial amount of $375 from parents at the beginning of the year and parents are pummeled with fundraising all year long. All that money doesn't make it a better school and there aren't progressive programs or extracurricular activities to show for it. It seems as though they would charge for Open House night if they could because there aren't too many activities that are free. The community is almost entirely white and very uptight and it's very stepford wives.

  • (4 years ago)

    My niece and nephew are in the Early Intervention Progam at Burton Valley. They both have made phenomenal progress. Great school with program that needs support to continue program for special needs kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    wow I am now a ninth grader and live in arizona but B.V.E will always be in my heart I have been to six schools in my live and that school was my favorite my teachers were there. The program is advanced and all the school in arizona didnt have half the programs as BVE I love that school if you are looking for a school to send your child this would be a really good school !

  • (8 years ago)

    Burton Valley has fantastic teachers and administrators. The LASF program is lacking though. Most of the money the parents at BVE donate to LASF goes to Stanley Middle School and Campolindo High. They need more PE programs. Parent involvement is high as this is an affluent communtiy that can afford many stay-at-home families.

  • (8 years ago)

    Burton Valley is a large school that functions as a smaller one. There is a great parent/teacher/student community. The new principal is a team builder with good knowledge of the community and great intentions.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is currently a 1st grader and both he and our family enjoy being part of the BVE community. All the teachers we have had so far have been fabulous. They know exactly how to motivate the kids and instill a love of learning that is so important at this level. The principal is new this year and has not made many changes. But the teaching staff seems to have great respect for her and I look forward to her continued leadership at the school. Parent involvement and commitment is tremendous. Lots of opportunities for parents working both in and outside of the home.

  • (9 years ago)

    Burton Valley Elementary (BVE) is an extremely engaging school with tremendous faculty. The parental involvement is at a very high level and there is a strong tradition of excellence.

  • (9 years ago)

    Fantastic school with great teachers at all grade levels. Plenty of extracurricular activities a great music program fantastic community support and an extremely positive environment for all children. This is also where the GATE program resides for the district so it's ideal for families with gifted children who live in the Burton Valley neighborhood. Overall Lafayette is the BEST place to raise families particularly considering the high quality education throughout the district.

  • (10 years ago)

    BVE is an excellent school. The parent support is key in helping maintain a strong support system at school and in the community. Teachers are all well thought of. Developmental method of teaching in K is geared toward educating kids at their own rate. Superb environment to raise a family.

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